Hot humid weather and the absence of a midway provider helped keep large crowds away from the Dresden Exhibition on the weekend.
The 141st edition of the Dresden Exhibition took place over three days on the weekend.
In keeping with their agriculture roots, the exhibition had a number of agriculture displays, including cow, goat and rabbit shows.
However, most of the agriculture events were behind the Dresden Raceway grandstand. Without a midway, it was a long and dusty walk from the Lambton-Kent Memorial Arena to behind the raceway, especially on Saturday.
Volunteers from the Dresden Agricultural Society organize and run the annual exhibition. Since a number of events were already planned — such as the tractor pull and a number of agricultural shows— the Exhibition could not change its date to bring in a midway operator.
Lucille Laprise, president of the DAS, said instead of the traditional midway, which includes rides and games, they wanted to try something different. There were a number of large inflatables for kids to play on this year.
“The (inflatables) went over well, but you know every kid likes to have a ride on the midway,” Laprise said.
She said there are already plans in place to have a midway for next year's Dresden Exhibition.
Attendance was hurt more by the heat and humidity than the lack of midway, Laprise said.
“I think the heat, more than anything, hurt us.”
Laprise said planning has already started for the 142nd Dresden Exhibition in 2017.
Certain parts of the exhibition had good attendance, such as the baby show Saturday afternoon and the tractor pull on Friday night.
A parade was held on Friday night and the fair ambassador was named.
Rachael Cameron was named the 2016 fair ambassador during the opening ceremonies of the exhibition on Friday evening.
Cameron just graduated from Lambton-Kent Composite School and is attending Queen's University in the fall where she will take commerce.
Being named ambassador is exciting, Cameron said.
Growing up, Cameron always looked forward to the fair. She was fair princess when she was 11.
“It's so great that it has been going on for so long. And it's a tradition, you go every summer,” Cameron said.
She said she thinks she only missed one Dresden Exhibition in her life, when she was a little girl and her family skipped the Exhibition to go to a cottage for the weekend.
“I cried,” Cameron said with a big smile. “I wanted to go to the fair.”
The titles of prince and princess of the exhibition went to the brother and sister team of Brady and Brooklyn Cowell.